The iPhone 14 is the bottom mannequin for Apple’s new smartphone lineup in 2022. On this hands-on, I want to share my first impressions of the iPhone 14 with the world, and the least I can say is: this flagship is quite forgettable regardless of its $799 price ticket.
- Light-weight type issue and good one-handed grip
- The A15 Bionic SoC is getting old however nonetheless higher than the Android competitors
- Improved major digital camera
- IP 68 ranking
- New iOS 16 options
- Digicam module is much less versatile than the Professional and Professional Max fashions
- No Dynamic Island or Professional Movement 120 Hz for the show
- Historic 20 W charging velocity
The Apple iPhone 14 in short
The iPhone 14 is already obtainable for buy since September 16, 2022. It’s the base mannequin of Apple’s flagship lineup in 2022, alongside the iPhone 14 Plus. The smartphone is available in three reminiscence configurations:
- 128 GB: $799
- 256 GB: $899
- 512 GB: $1,099
The iPhone 14 is the least fascinating mannequin launched by Apple this yr. It prices the identical as final yr’s iPhone 13 and does not profit from the brand new options of the iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max, equivalent to the brand new A16 Bionic SoC, the 48 MP digital camera module with the 12 MP telephoto lens, or the 120 Hz display with the Dynamic Island.
My colleague Ben will deal with the complete evaluation since I’ve to evaluation the iPhone 14 Professional Max on my aspect. All of the remarks I make on this article additionally apply to the iPhone 14 Plus which is an identical to the iPhone 14 other than the display measurement and the battery life.
The iPhone 14 seems to be precisely like final yr’s iPhone 13. There are nearly no noticeable visible adjustments on this new mannequin, which stays a premium-looking smartphone however frankly: it’s kind of redundant.
What I appreciated:
- The (PRODUCT)RED shade
- Mild type issue offers grip
- IP68 ranking
What I disliked:
- No Dynamic Island
- Zero danger on the design
- No 3.5mm audio jack
Visually, the iPhone 14 is a carbon copy of the iPhone 13. We have now the identical 6.1-inch type issue with a clean and glossy glass again that may be a fingerprint magnet and is protected by Apple’s Ceramic Defend. Additionally, you will discover the acquainted aluminum body with straight edges and rounded corners. The identical sq. island will accommodate the twin digital camera module on the again. As well as, the identical notch in entrance will maintain the brand new 12 MP TrueDepth selfie digital camera and Face ID elements.
However I discover the 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm dimensions and 172 g weight to be way more nice when it comes to grip, particularly for one-handed use. In contrast to the iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus should not have the brand new Dynamic Island. That is frankly a disgrace.
The iPhone 14 nonetheless retains its IP68 certification for waterproofing and it additionally has the twin SIM port (nano+eSIM) in exterior the US and eSIM solely within the US. The iPhone 14 will even arrive in 5 colours: Blue, Purple, Midnight, Starlight (white), and (PRODUCT)RED. Personally, I discover the (PRODUCT)RED variant to be the most effective shade Apple has ever launched and I want the Professional fashions had it too.
The iPhone 14 packs a 6.1-inch OLED Tremendous Retina XDR show in 1170 x 2532 decision with a 60Hz refresh fee and a most brightness of 1,200 nits (peak).
What I appreciated:
- Good colorimetry with the TrueTone characteristic
What I disliked:
- No Dynamic Island
- No 120 Hz Professional Movement refresh fee
- Contact sampling fee is a bit low
As for the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max, the display of the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are nearly an identical to final yr’s fashions. However it’s certainly a brand new OLED Tremendous Retina XDR panel with a barely greater decision, and the bezels are supposedly barely thinner. That is unattainable to inform with the bare eye in any case.
Apple didn’t specify the refresh fee of the iPhone 14 display. However because the producer has not carried out Professional Movement on the essential fashions, we are able to logically deduce that we’re working on a regular refresh fee of 60 Hz.
The colorimetry appeared particularly reasonable to me at first look. The TrueTone operate permits us to have a devoted rendering in most situations. The utmost brightness of 1,200 nits can also be fascinating on paper. However frankly, I’ve a tough time getting enthusiastic about this display. Promoting a smartphone for $800 and staying caught to 60 Hz is hardly acceptable to me in 2022. That is much more evident for the reason that sampling fee appears to me fairly low for gaming.
The iPhone 14 runs on iOS 16.0.1. We have already talked loads about Apple’s new cellular OS and yow will discover all of the details about iOS 16 in our devoted article. We even have an entire information on the
finest options of iOS 16 to check out in your iPhone.
However many of the options I talked about in my iPhone 14 Professional Max hands-on will also be discovered on the iPhone 14. This isn’t the case with the All the time On Show, nonetheless, which is reserved for the Professional and Professional Max fashions.
However you will nonetheless profit from the brand new customization choices on your lock display. The widgets and the depth impact utilized to the wallpaper are fairly cool, even when this final operate could be very a lot cheesy in nature and sophisticated to make it work correctly (we’ll dedicate a full tutorial to it subsequent week).
I additionally suppose it is a disgrace that the emergency name features by way of satellite tv for pc is not going to be obtainable exterior the US for not less than a while. The deployment within the US and Canada is scheduled for subsequent November with none date being confirmed for the remainder of the world.
The iPhone 14 options Apple’s A15 Bionic SoC, which is similar processor as final yr. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus don’t obtain the brand new A16 Bionic chip reserved for the Professional and Professional Max fashions.
Whereas we’re ready for my colleague Ben to carry out a collection of benchmarks and his personal efficiency assessments for this part, I am going to merely redirect you to our iPhone 13 evaluation.
For all that, I do not discover this admittedly anti-consumer alternative by Apple to be an actual deal-breaker. Apple’s chips are typically extra highly effective than their Android counterparts. And all testers and benchmarks agree that Apple’s A15 Bionic remains to be extra highly effective than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, for example.
So don’t be concerned about gaming, you can run all the pieces with none points or lag. All that continues to be is to see how the iPhone 14 performs when it comes to thermal throttling and temperature management.
Photograph high quality
The iPhone 14 includes a barely redesigned twin rear digital camera module with a 12 MP wide-angle major lens and a 12 MP extremely wide-angle lens as nicely. The brand new TrueDepth selfie digital camera presents a 12 MP decision and an autofocus characteristic.
The sensor within the major lens is bigger with a pixel measurement of 1.9 µm, an aperture of f/1.5, and an optical stabilization generally known as Sensor Shift OIS. Because the iPhone 14 does not have the brand new 48 MP lens, it may well’t function 4-in-1 pixel binning for extra detailed 12 MP pictures.
It additionally doesn’t have the 2x zoom degree whereas additionally nonetheless lacking out on a devoted telephoto lens, which is as soon as once more reserved for the Professional and Professional Max fashions.
The extremely wide-angle digital camera sports activities a 12 MP sensor about which Apple didn’t present any further particulars. The brand new TrueDepth selfie digital camera on the entrance presents 12 MP decision, f/1.9 aperture, and, for the primary time, an autofocus. So you will wrestle much less to take self-portraits when it comes to focus. The portrait mode also needs to be extra environment friendly.
Apple additionally introduced that it has improved its DeepFusion system, which mixes a number of photographs into one to enhance the publicity of pictures. Now, extra pictures are compiled with every shot and the method is utilized earlier to uncompressed photographs to retain extra element.
Apple’s new DualTone flash can also be purported to adapt to the focal size of every lens, not less than in response to the producer.
The iPhone 14 packs a 3,279 mAh battery that helps 20 W of wired charging in addition to 15 W of wi-fi charging with MagSafe merchandise and seven.5 W with third-party merchandise utilizing the Qi wi-fi charging customary.
On paper, the battery capability could be very small for a smartphone offered for $800. Nevertheless, Apple promised that the iPhone 14 Plus is the iPhone with the most effective battery life that Apple has produced thus far.
As all the time, Apple provides us completely theoretical estimates that don’t correspond to any real-life utilization sample. Therefore, we’ll have to attend for my colleague Ben’s battery assessments to know extra.
However do take word that the producer indicated that the iPhone 14 is meant to final 20 hours for offline video playback, 16 hours for streaming video playback, and 80 hours for audio playback. There you may have it! And no, I am not even going to bitch in regards to the very probably snail-like tempo of the 20W charging velocity as I already did that in my tackle the iPhone 14 Professional Max.
Oh sure, the smartphone is offered with out a charger, that goes with out saying.
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Conclusion: My first impressions
The iPhone 14 frankly left me unimpressed once I received to grips with it. On the one hand, I wish to make a good judgment contemplating the very brief period of time that I needed to spend with the system. However then again, I instructed myself this: if I have been a shopper and easily regarded on the value/efficiency ratio of the iPhone 14 with out having reviewed it, I’d by no means go for this mannequin.
Why purchase an iPhone 14 for $799 euros when yow will discover an iPhone 13 Professional for $100 to $150 extra on different on-line shops? You find yourself with a superior Professional Movement 120 Hz display, a greater digital camera module with a devoted telephoto lens, the identical SoC, and the identical 6.1-inch type issue.
I believe that Apple is sequencing its new iPhone 14 vary too rigidly for the time being. We find yourself with iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max which are very fascinating, but additionally very costly – and with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus which are nearly an identical to final yr’s fashions on the similar value level.
On the very least, Apple ought to have carried out the Dynamic Island within the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus to make them extra fascinating. As it’s, I am unable to see myself recommending them for buy to anyone. That is particularly so, since many of the new options you possibly can count on on this vary are software-centric. In case your outdated iPhone is eligible for the iOS 16 replace, you will not lose out when it comes to person expertise.